The Friday Report
  September 1, 2023

Voting has opened for the 2024 TFCA officer positions. The Election Committee Chair must receive all completed ballots before midnight, Sept. 30.  Votes will be counted the first week of October and presented to the board for canvass.

Cast your department’s ballot here:

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The First Responder Mental Health and Wellness Conference will take place Oct. 5-6 at the Norris Conference Center in San Antonio, TX.  This two-day multifaceted training and networking event is for all First Responders, Police, Fire, EMS, Dispatchers, Military/Veterans, Corrections, Coroners, Chaplains, Retired First Responders, Spouses, Professional staff, Clinicians, and all those who work in or around the Public Safety field. 1st Responder Conferences is committed to the emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of public safety professionals and works with leaders in the public safety professions to make this possible. Partnered with with nonprofit organizations like First H.E.L.P. and ICISF, we work together to make sure all first responders get the resources they need to live a happy and healthy life!

The Fire Leadership Challenge offers the best in leadership focused education through multiple levels of the IAFC's Officer Development Program, FMAC's Fire Marshal Symposium, and by providing the opportunity to create your own custom schedule. This year's event will take place in Keystone, Colorado and will offer a variety of sessions, including:
  •  Create More Buy-In Through Coaching
  •  Applying AI in the Fire Service: Practical Options to Improve Mission Performance
  •  Tackling Carcinogen Exposure in the Wild West: A Focus on Wildland Firefighting

This course features three full days of instruction to help agencies prepare for accreditation under the 10th edition of the CFAI model. It covers the development of the three key documents, the Community Risk Assessment/Standards of Cover, Strategic Plan, and Self-Assessment Manual.

Martinez Architects, LP
A new Fire Protection Research Foundation study reveals that 911 dispatch centers across the U.S. are struggling to meet national requirements for answering and processing calls. 

SOURCE: U.S. Fire Administration
On this episode of The USFA Podcast, Chief David Downey talks about ICS and how it has been foundational for every type of incident or event in Miami-Dade.

SOURCE: Fire Chief
At every structure fire, the need to get water supply established is a tactical priority for the incident commander.

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National Foam, a recognized leader in fluorine free foam concentrates, has developed the industry’s first fluorine free foam guide as a comprehensive reference guide for professional firefighters. The guide outlines the basic characteristics and types of firefighting foam as well as application hardware and proper application techniques. Order your free digital copy today.

Last week, Sunnyvale Fire Department Chief Kendrick was celebrated at his retirement. Chief Kendrick has 46 years of combined service, hard work, and dedication to various municipalities throughout North Texas with the last seven with the Town of Sunnyvale. It was evident by the attendance, with multiple fire departments represented, that Chief Kendrick was a well-respected public servant. Sunnyvale wishes Chief Kendrick all the best in his future endeavors; the Town of Sunnyvale is proud of the things you accomplished in your time there.

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and EMS World has announced that Sachse Fire-Rescue (SFR) was named the recipient of the Dick Ferneau Career EMS Service of the Year Award. SFR is honored to be the second fire-based EMS service to receive this prestigious award.

The Texas A&M All-Hazard Incident Management Team Program is a collaborative effort between Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas Division of Emergency Management and Texas A&M Engineering and Extension Service. For more information about the program and how to register, download the flyer below.

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2022 Injury Report

The 2022 Injury report is now available for download from the TCFP website via:

August and September Regional Meetings

Dates and locations for the upcoming regional meetings are as follows: 

  • Aug. 29 - San Angelo
  • Sept. 6 - Lubbock

For more information about regional meetings, visit

This update covers the following:
  • New Proposed Treasury Guidance on SLFRF Eligible Uses
  • Resolutions Due Monday for TML Annual Conference
  • Governor Issues Disaster Declaration for 191 Counties
  • Post-Session Update: Annexation Along and Across Rights-of-Way
  • Post-Session Update: Truth in Taxation
  • Post-Session Update: Certificates of Obligation and Anticipation Notes
  • BDO to Host Virtual Meetings on Local Broadband Needs
  • Reminder: BDO Accepting Survey Responses Until Aug. 31
  • SECO Opens Applications for LED Lighting Funding
  • Federal Infrastructure Bill Update

Sounding the Alarm on Low Tire Pressure
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Fire Engines responding to calls expose tires to multiple hazards of glass, metal shards, screws and other tire puncturing road debris. Bellacorp, Inc. sells and supports commercial grade tire monitoring systems for fire trucks and big rigs. Full time/real time electronic monitoring from the cab ensures redundant safety checks for tires. Low pressure alarms alert personnel to sudden tire deflation in the field.
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On Duty Health
Komatsu Architecture
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup, hosts Brad and Curt discuss a lawsuit filed by Maui County against local utility companies over the recent wildfires; a lawsuit by a former Alabama captain claiming he experienced racial discrimination and undue retaliation, a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former employee against a Texas fire department, a decision by a Texas appellate court concluding an apparatus driver who backed into a vehicle while responding was immune from liability because he was exercising discretion, and a lawsuit brought by a Florida deputy chief claiming he was improperly designated as an exempt executive in violation of the FLSA.